Despite some “experts” saying it would never happen, NSW Police are testing a new Ford Mustang for highway patrol duties.
Speeding drivers will soon have a new car to look for in their rear-view mirror.
The NSW Police highway patrol have just taken delivery of a new Ford Mustang V8.
A photo of the car appeared on Facebook overnight, just hours after the American two-door coupe had earned its stripes.
The car is well advanced on its way to frontline highway patrol work
The image shows that lights and sirens are yet to be fitted but the car is well advanced on its way to frontline highway patrol work.
The Ford Mustang is one of a number of vehicles under consideration by NSW Police to replace the Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon pursuit cars, which are due to go out of production within the next two years.
The Ford Falcon reaches the end of the line when the Broadmeadows car factory in Melbourne shuts forever in October 2016, while the locally-made Holden Commodore comes to an end when the Elizabeth plant near Adelaide closes in late 2017.
While some states have adopted a national approach to finding suitable vehicle replacements, NSW Police are considering cars outside the criteria because they have unique requirements.
A fleet of Ford Mustangs is unlikely to replace all highway patrol vehicles, but a number may be used for specialised duties.
Police in Queensland, NSW and Victoria have used two-door coupes for traffic enforcement in the past – such as the Valiant Charger and Ford Falcon coupe in the 1970s, and the Holden Monaro in the early 2000s – because general duties vehicles can be called to transport prisoners.
Other vehicles under consideration to join the Ford Mustang include the Chrysler 300C SRT8 Core and Subaru WRX, but the latter is yet to pass stringent NSW Police brake tests.